Frequently Asked Questions about Hypnotherapy
Thank you all for all your emails and messages with questions about hypnotherapy. Today, I’m going to answer some of these frequently asked questions.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that uses hypnosis, or a trance-like state, to help individuals address a wide range of issues, such as anxiety, stress, phobias, and weight loss. Some frequently asked questions about hypnotherapy include:
What does Hypnosis feel like?
Hypnosis sometimes feels different for everybody. Many hypnotherapists (researchers & clinicians) use elements of relaxation procedures; therefore, people commonly associate a feeling of relaxation with hypnosis.
Different people have all sorts of bodily responses to relaxation instructions – some feel as though their body is very heavy, whereas some can feel very light, almost as if they were floating. Mentally, people also have all sorts of responses. People typically report feeling very focused or absorbed, often effortlessly so.
Since instructions for imagery are often used, people can have vivid imaginative experiences – many report feeling ‘as if they were there.’ I’ve had clients that fidget, move in the recliner, and even go into a fetal position – while in hypnosis.)
Is Hypnosis Like Sleep?
The short answer is no. Although hypnosis is derived from the Greek God of sleep, “Hypnos,” studies have shown that hypnosis and sleep differ. Studies of brain activity have shown that although there are characteristic patterns of brain activity associated with sleep, the same has not been demonstrated in hypnosis. To observers, hypnosis might appear to be like sleep because suggestions for relaxation are commonly given as part of a hypnotic routine. Still, hypnotized people are in a state more similar to wakefulness (which I call a cat-nap state).
Can Anyone Be Hypnotized?
Yes, everybody is hypnotizable to some extent – some more than others.
To be hypnotized is often a learned trait. You can teach your body and mind to go into a trance and become more skilled as you practice self-hypnosis. Most people don’t think they are hypnotized after a session. They notice that some things have changed – maybe that day, maybe the next week. Sometimes, the effects are subtle and sometimes profound.
It can happen quickly when the mind is ready to make a change. Sometimes, it happens over time when the mind and body need to do some healing work. I’ve had clients who have felt a change occur during their session. One of my clients was sure that he was not hypnotized in any of the sessions, but after only 3 sessions, his lifetime of procrastination was gone. Many are considered highly hypnotizable – meaning that they can readily experience quite dramatic changes in sensation and perception with hypnosis.
Do I lose Control While Being Hypnotized?
The client ALWAYS has complete control over his/her actions and whether to accept or reject any suggestions made by the hypnotherapist.
Can Hypnosis Make Me Do Things I Don’t Want to Do?
The simple answer is No – Absolutely not. This is probably the biggest myth of all. You can’t be made to do anything you don’t want to do in hypnosis. In hypnosis, you retain power over your ability to act upon suggestions. However, if you allow yourself to act upon a suggestion, you may feel the effects are happening by themselves.
Stage hypnotists seem to make people do strange things while hypnotized, but the truth is that these people are doing these things because they have the desire to be outrageous. If the stage hypnotists choose their subjects carefully, they will have willing participants. You will never do anything or accept suggestions that violate your morals or values. If that were possible, all the hypnotists in the world could make you rob the banks and bring back the money. We would be rich and rule the world. Obviously, this is not the case!
Will I forget everything that happens during the Session?
It occasionally happens that there is a sense of amnesia after the session. Most hypnotists want you to be aware of the session. You will be aware of everything around you and remember most if not all, that happened in the session. Usually, you will remember it better than a conversation we had because your mind is so focused. I call it the focused awareness of the subconscious mind.
Can you by hypnotized to do something against your will?
You cannot be hypnotized to do things against your will because you are always in charge, and you know exactly what you’re doing.
How Does Clinical Hypnosis Work?
The subconscious mind stores all information – our beliefs, habits, behaviors, and self-image.
The subconscious is a tremendous reservoir of our unrecognized strengths and knowledge.
When something happens to us, we remember it and learn a particular behavior in response to what happened. Each time something similar happens, our physical and emotional reactions attached to the memory are repeated. In some cases, these reactions are unhealthy.
Hypnosis is a natural and effective technique for accessing the subconscious mind – the key to unleashing your potential. You are guided to remember the event that led to the first reaction, separate the memory from the learned behavior, find solutions to your problems and concerns, and replace unhealthy behaviors with new, healthier ones.
Does hypnotherapy really work?
Yes – for those who are open and receptive.
What Happens during a visit to a Hypnotherapy?
During your first visit, you will be asked about your medical and personal history, what brought you in, and what condition you want to address. I will explain to you what hypnosis is and how it works. You will then be directed through relaxation techniques, using mental imagery and suggestions to change behaviors and relieve symptoms. For example, people who have panic attacks may suggest that, in the future, they will be able to relax whenever they want.
What is hypnotherapy used for?
Hypnotherapy is a tool to unlock human potential, not a magic formula. Hypnosis can help people to address both their negative habits and associated problems. Still, these issues can be complex and challenging both for the client and the therapist, and hypnotherapy works for all who are willing, open, and ready to HealWithin and begin their transformation for the better.
Hypnotherapy can also be used for pain. Here, a dentist talks about using hypnosis instead of anesthetics.
How many treatments will I need?
Each session lasts about an hour or so, and most people start to see results within 4 – 8 sessions. We monitor and evaluate your progress over time. Children (aged 7 – 12) are easily hypnotized and may respond after only 1 – 2 visits.
How long do the effects of hypnosis last?
For many, a long time. For some, it could be from hours to weeks. It all depends on what they need, what they get out of it, and if they use it to help themselves.
What does hypnosis do to your brain?
It expands your imagination and can enhance your mind and memory.
Can you be hypnotized without your knowledge?
Not that I am aware of.
What illnesses or conditions respond well to hypnosis?
- Hypnosis is used in various settings — from emergency rooms to dental offices to outpatient clinics.
- Clinical studies suggest that hypnosis may improve immune function, increase relaxation, decrease stress, and ease pain and feelings of anxiety.
- Hypnotherapy can reduce the fear and anxiety that some people feel before medical or dental procedures. For example, studies show that dental patients who underwent hypnosis had a significantly higher threshold for pain than those who were not hypnotized.
- Hypnosis may also improve recovery time and reduce anxiety and pain following surgery.
- Clinical trials on burn patients suggest that hypnosis decreases pain (enough to replace pain medication) and speeds healing.
Will My Insurance Cover this Service?
I do not accept insurance. However, some of my clients have been reimbursed by their insurance company for this service with a prescription from a doctor. I write a letter to your doctor requesting the proper referral with his/her diagnosis. With that prescription, a claim form, and my provider statement, this can be submitted for out-of-network reimbursement. I will do everything I can to support this and communicate with your insurance company if needed.
How Can I Prepare for Hypnosis?
A complimentary 15-minute consultation is provided to all new clients to assess if this therapy fits your healing. During this time, I learn about your needs, discuss what may be involved, and answer any and all questions.
I believe there are only three things that can prevent a person from being hypnotized:
By scheduling a free consultation with me, I will answer any questions you have regarding hypnotherapy to help empower you through this journey and ensure you understand the process of healing through hypnosis.
It is common to be fearful of the unknown and identify the causes of our issues. However, hypnotherapy is not about focusing on the negative but rather making positive connections to our actions and implementing them into our lives. With the knowledge I provide in our free consultation, you can release those fears and open yourself to the goal in mind.
You have already taken the first step by acknowledging and recognizing your need to heal. It is time to let go of further resistance and know a clear light is in sight.
No treatment or therapy can work for you unless you take responsibility and are willing to participate in your wellness. Just allow the process to work for you- and it will.
Can hypnotherapy remove unwanted thoughts?
It can not be removed but can be placed into dormancy for a long time.
Can Hypnotherapy Cure ADHD and Other Neurological Disorders
No, hypnotherapy does not cure neurological disorders but it can help with the symptoms, such as RSD, anxiety, fears, self-confidence, relationships, insomnia, weight control, etc.
Does hypnotherapy work for phobias?
Yes, and it can be quite beneficial.
Is hypnotherapy good for OCD?
Yes – it can be quite beneficial.
What are the side effects of hypnosis?
Upon coming out of the state of hypnosis & deep relaxation, some experience grogginess or feeling light-headed as if waking from a profound nap.
Does insurance cover hypnotherapy?
In most cases, no. Yet, some insurance companies honor medical hypnosis and may refund some of the cost.
Can I Hypnotize Myself?
Yes, it’s called self-hypnosis. Hypnotherapy empowers you by providing tools to manage stress in your daily life. You can learn self-hypnosis techniques, enabling you to enter a state of relaxation whenever needed. These techniques can be practiced at home, allowing you to take control of their stress levels independently. My audio recordings can help guide you.
Self-hypnosis is so powerful that I have undergone several dental surgeries without anesthesia or painkillers. You can see me on YouTube having dental surgery with only self-hypnosis.
My Recommended Audio Recording
I have made audio recordings for self-hypnosis specifically to address certain issues. I recommend Build Confidence and Relax and Unwind for stress and anxiety. Download the recording and save it to your device to listen. Find a quiet and comfortable place as you allow hypnosis to happen.
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Transcript of Hypnotherapy Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to Heal Talk Tuesdays with Liza.
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Greetings Greetings Greetings and welcome to Heal Talk Tuesdays.
This is Liza.
It’s so good to be here with you, isn’t it?
Today we’re going to be talking about nothing other than hypnosis.
I just got an email.
Thank you so much for subscribing, for downloading
my YouTube and subscribing to my YouTube Liza Boubari.
And also sending me messages and asking me questions.
I guess last week when we did a question and answer someone had sent me an email.
Now I’ve got more letters and messages, which is absolutely wonderful.
Yes, by trade your expert hypnotherapist, which
I’ve been practicing for over two decades.
And we’re going to be talking about that one day.
But today I got a message when was it Friday.
And it was all kinds of questions about
hypnosis, being hypnotized, how it feels.
And I thought, what a great idea.
Today I’m going to talk about hypnosis, some
of the myths and everything that you need to know.
Actually, it’s like frequently asked questions about hypnosis.
So hello, if you are here, just make a comment.
I’d love to know who’s here.
If you have any questions, by all means we’re live.
I’ll be more than happy to respond to you.
Okay, so one of the most frequent questions that I
get is a person for most, it’s like what is hypnosis?
Okay? So, allow me to say
hypnosis has been a part of our world.
It’s been around for many, many years, actually more than a century.
The word hypno or hypnosis comes from the Greek god of sleep.
So it’s like sleep.
And that is where the word comes from.
But is hypnosis a light sleep or the question
was, do I fall asleep during hypnosis?
Even though it’s sleep like, you are not asleep.
So most of my clients that come in here, they go into a state of deep relaxation.
You can be anywhere.
And this feeling of, it’s like a sleep state.
And I like to share it and explain
better by saying, it’s like watching TV.
And then when the commercials come, you
automatically drift into that state of relaxation,
or you can be watching TV and you go into a state of relaxation.
And if the phone rings, you automatically open your eyes, pick up the phone, talk.
And then after that, you sit back, watch
your TV, and you drift into that sleep state.
You hear everything.
And if someone were to call you or something
like that, you open your eyes and you respond.
So it’s like a sleep state, a deep state of relaxation.
And yet a part of you, which is your awareness,
your conscious part, is very much aware.
Until you fall asleep.
So in a way, we go from consciousness to
relaxation to hypnotic state and then sleep state.
Now another question that was asked is, if I
were to be hypnotized, what does it feel like?
It feels just utter relaxation, pure relaxation.
And it’s a state where your brain, the activities
of your conscious mind goes into a state
of relaxation and your body is relaxed.
And what we do in a session is guide you into
a deeper state of relaxation, where actually
even wherever you are right now, you can just
sit back, take a nice deep breath, and exhale.
You know, breathwork is one of the most amazing
ways for you to relax, not only your mind and also your body.
You can easily and gently relax every nerve
and every muscle, every organ, every tissue in
your body when you
consciously decide to relax.
So in a way, I guide my clients
into this state of deeper relaxation.
Frankly, just by my voice.
Yes, you may have seen Pendulum, right, which is
the symbol of hypnosis because in the old days,
if you have watched movies and they wanted
to hypnotize someone, they would take a watch or better yet.
Long would even take a Pendulum and go like
this, and this is not a Pendulum actually,
but yet it’s the same effect.
And you are going deeper and deeper and deeper, just by watching.
And this entire thing, eventually, it takes
someone into that state of relaxation, right?
And the same thing is, once we are listening
to the tick, tick sound of the clock or the
small handle for the minutes on a clock.
It takes you into this state of momentum,
just like watching someone on a swing.
This entire momentum takes you into a deeper and deeper state of relaxation.
And that effect is just like
a Pendulum or a hammock.
That’s why some hypnotherapists, when they want
to hypnotize someone, they say just imagine
because we work so much with your imagination.
Actually before I even started doing any hypnosis
or any hypnotic suggestions, I definitely
ask my clients, “What is their form of relaxation?
Where do they feel relaxed?”
And if it is at a beach, I take them.
In that state of hypnosis with their eyes
closed, I ask them to imagine being at the beach
If someone likes hiking, I ask them to imagine
walking up on a trail and being one with nature.
If someone says, “My comfort place is my then
in front of the TV,” then I ask them to imagine.
sitting in their couch and feeling cozy,
maybe a blanket over them, especially now that it’s winter or there’s a fireplace.
Just the thought, the imagination
of watching fire in a fire pit, right?
Or even a candle moving ever so gently, it is hypnotic.
So one of the questions asked is, “Do
I lose control when I am in hypnosis?”
And that is a myth because especially when
you are in a clinical setting, working with
me as a hypnotherapist, and yes, I will share
the difference between hypnosis on stage and hypnosis in therapy.
But at no time, are you out of control?
Because at any time you can stop the process,
open your eyes and get up if you want to.
If you want to.
But most of the time, when you are in a
hypnosis, hypnother, p-setting, you are here for
a reason and we’re going to go over some of those questions.
Now on stage, what happens is, before anything,
I’ve shared this before, but we need your concerns to go into hypnosis.
Just like the other day, I was working with my
client and as she is sitting there, I explain
how the conscious and the subconscious work, right?
And then how she is going to feel
absolutely relaxed sitting in my recliner.
And eventually she is going to close her eyes
and when she closes her eyes, that she has
full control and awareness at all times and she is going to be hearing my voice, maybe
even the sounds from the office outside, maybe even traffic, the cars.
And yet nothing really matters because she is
just going to go into a deeper state of relaxation
so we can do the work that she was here for.
While you are aware of everything and yet you
are not really concerned about everything.
Just as if you are sitting here listening
to me and yet everything is happening around
And at this very moment someone may be passing
behind you, calling you, the phone ringing or your phone, things because there is a
message and it does not really matter
because this is what your concentrate did on.
Actually in life, if we want to think about it, there is so much going on right here
right now at this very moment, not only where
you are inside your body, everything that
is happening inside internally, every organ,
every nerve, every muscle, every aspect that
is happening, you are not in control over it
until there is that pain factor or something
is wrong and you are not in control of anything
that is happening outside of your room,
your office, your building, everything, right?
We have talked about this.
You have no control outside of you.
Actually we never have control outside of
us until something is there and you react so
you are not controlling it, you are reacting to something.
And that’s what happens when you were in a
state of hypnosis in that state of relaxation,
you hear everything but you are very
focused on the matter that you are here for.
Now, are you in control as I said, you can
open your eyes and you say, “Okay, you can
talk to me and then you close your eyes and
you go deeper into that state of relaxation.”
So you are going in hypnosis not under my
control and that’s another myth, or am I under somebody’s control?
Now, on stage, again, just like being in the
office, you have given permission and you
have agreed to be hypnotized on stage.
So when you are on stage, you are part of the
group and the hypnotist, there is no therapy happening over there.
This foreshow is for entertainment and it’s for fun, right?
But every hypnotist also wants to be a success
as much as a hypnotherapist wants to succeed
and help their client have the results that they want.
So we are here to do the work and make everything good by you.
The state hypnotist also wants to have a great
entertainment on stage so everyone watching is mesmerized.
That’s another word of being mesmerized and being in hypnosis or hypnotized.
And you are mesmerized by what’s happening in the showmanship that
it’s happening, the voice and the eyes and the gestures, right?
How about that?
When they are asking certain people and they
are qualifying them to see how fast they
go into hypnosis and everyone is just like going like this
and they are dropping, it’s how fast they take suggestions.
And being open to suggestions is absolutely wonderful.
On stage you are there for show entertainment
and you will never do anything that it’s
against your morals, your ethics and things that you would not do at any other time.
And the moment you feel bad, you feel uncomfortable
when you stop responding to the hypnotist
and they know and they ask you to leave because
again it’s about show and they realize that
you are not as susceptible to suggestions
and they gently say okay you can step down.
So how does hypnosis work?
So there is the conscious mind and the subconscious.
In between the conscious and the subconscious
mind there is this critical factor we call it.
That’s the medical or the terminology
used for us to explain how it works.
I like to call it.
Our mind is just like our cell phone because
when you want to put information in there you
take a picture which consciously you look
listen and learn right and the conscious mind
is doing everything.
It’s seeing, it’s listening at all times if
hopefully if your ears everything you are
aware and you are in tune you are hearing.
And when you are not in tune of what is happening
you still hear things but you are not paying attention to it.
And then it captures all that information that’s
all done consciously which is
only approximately 8% of your brain.
In between is a critical factor that analyzes
and judges, reasons and criticizes and does
all that because we always analyze and reason
and judge and criticize and want to explore things.
If that was not there, whatever it is we
would just say it and do with no judgment, no reasoning, no analyzing.
So that’s called the critical factor.
How do I say the curtain between the conscious and the subconscious?
Now the subconscious has three factors which
is it stores the information, it rewinds
can go back and then it replace.
So I’ve explained this before but how does it
work is when you are in that state of relaxation
you automatically drop into that subconscious
mind and it’s that state of relaxation.
The difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy
is you can be hypnotized but we’re not doing any therapy work.
The therapy part is just like a therapy, doing
therapy work and coaching and doing specific
suggestions for the reasons you are here for
such as if you want to become a non-smoker,
we do the suggestions for your mind, your
conscious and your subconscious to not only hear
it, accept it but also incorporate it with
the subconscious mind and where there is this
incorporation and the suggestion is taken
by the subconscious and the conscious agrees
when there is this agreement automatically then the new messages are taken.
So just like your cell phone you go in and
if you have any information, maybe contacts
that you put in long time ago and you want to
delete the information, you delete the information
that that information is still in the archives
in that little chip which is the subconscious
but the contact is no longer in your contacts.
So if you scroll and you look for that contact
it’s no longer there and yet is in the archives,
maybe the clouds or the archives in that little chip on your phone.
So anything that has happened in your
life in the past, it’s never ever deleted.
You can never delete any experience from your
past but what we do is we modify the information
and how you respond to that information.
So a smoker that started at teenage years and
wants to stop smoking can now become a non-smoker.
The body still knows that they were smoking
but they no longer desire to have the cigarette
and that’s how smoking cessation is so profound with
hypnosis because of it’s all about the subconscious.
Now the clinical hypnotherapy, I, the
subconscious mind stores all the information,
our beliefs, habits, behavior, self-image, everything is part of that.
So it’s the reservoir of all your strengths and knowledge and experiences.
Just like muscle has memory, your subconscious stores all that information.
Now let’s go.
Does hypnosis really work?
Yes, it does.
Specifically on many factors.
I just did a blog.
By the way, you can go to
www.lizaboubari.com and subscribe to my blog.
And every week you will have a new blog and you
can see the information and you can download it.
You can read and learn.
And if you have any questions by all means, you
can always contact me just like this wonderful.
person who messaged me and said, “Would you
please explain the difference between hypnosis and the myth?”
Is hypnosis scary?
Not at all.
We go in and out of hypnosis.
It’s a wonderful state of relaxation.
I hypnotize myself actually every day, self-agnosis.
You can learn how to do self-agnosis and
actually have a profound and yet powerful state
of relaxation for seven minutes and then bring
yourself to food-conscious awareness, have a loads of energy.
Yes, you can’t.
I was talking about the blog because clinical hypnosis and the Western medicine.
Nowadays there are so many physicians that are
also recommending hypnosis for pain management
for sleep, for IBS, for smoking cessation,
especially doctors who are preliminary and they
are urging their patients to stop smoking if
they are smoking and they have heart problems,
lung problems and it works with asthma also.
So hypnosis is very effective with that.
Hypnosis is also quite effective with IBS and
I’ve talked about this with irritable bowel
syndrome and especially sleep disorders, sleep apnea, weight issues.
Now all of those are things that can be
edited and shifted in the subconscious mind.
So that is why it is very much
used and referred by physicians.
Does insurance pay for hypnosis?
Most insurance companies do not cover hypnosis or hypnotherapy.
They do not.
Some insurance companies, some corporations,
some companies do offer especially when it comes
to anxiety, fears, weight issues, smoking
cessation, sleep disorders and some profound
medical issues that some insurance companies cover.
I had an attorney refer a client to me
because of during an accident she went into a
shot and she could not drive anymore and that
fear factor is in phobic reactions because of phobia she could not drive anymore.
So we help her get over the fear factor,
the phobia and she was able to drive.
Elevators are another one going into elevators height.
Those are all fear factors that it’s not
real but it is real for the client and
that’s why hypnosis works very much.
It’s very beneficial and it’s fast and that’s
why hypnotherapy is profound on some of those.
So yes, I do work with clients who are
referred, Alan says, “Pawful, I guess we do use
our voice as a rhythm pendulum to take our clients deeper.”
“Hi, Alan, how are you?
It’s so good to have you here.”
Yes, I believe it’s not the voice that I use
right here but when I want to go into that
hypnotic state and take my clients into that
hypnotic state, I shift my voice, right?
We all do as hypnotherapist, we’ve learned how to modify our
voice to become deeper and I learned this from guilt-boy.
So the voice that happens, it is a whole different tonality.
So the tone changes and
the way we take it into that
rhythmic voice and sound becomes just like the pendulum.
So it’s a very gentle, drifting, deeper and
deeper into a hypnotic state, allowing
yourself to go deeper within yourself.
So automatically you see how easy it was for
me to shift into that voice, into that state,
and guides my client into their
own state of deep relaxation.
So yes, thank you, Alan, for bringing that up.
We do it so naturally after so many years and kudos to you.
You are truly one of the master hypnotherapist
that I know and I look forward to seeing
And I guess that was some of the questions that we had.
It is almost my time and if you have any other
questions by all means, this is Liza, your
expert hypnotherapist, send me a message, DM me,
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